[Ansteorra] newcomer thanks

hans kemper heidel12001 at yahoo.com
Tue Nov 20 08:24:16 PST 2001

I truly appreciate all who took the time to respond to
my question about how "period to be". I realized from
my readings and associations with some who have been
in the SCA for a time.
I would like to ask a few more questions because of
what I have personally seen, from what I have heard
from those I know in the SCA, and from the research I
and others have done.
a. almost exclusively, a knight in the time period
which the SCA recreates, had to own a horse and had to
be able to field that horse - it was one of the
primary distinguishing characteristics of being a
knight -
Should this not be the case in a organization with so
many people placing such an emphasis on being period.
Should not knighthood be conferred only on those who
have the finances and the other means to OWN and field
a horse? That way the title of knight (which is
supposedly a highly respected title in the SCA) would
remain truly special. The rest could be given the rank
of master of arms - which is what they would be if
they earn the title.
I realize that many could not afford a horse and have
the means, land, etc. to properly take care of it -
but as I said - that would make the title truly period
and special. And since horses GENERALLY have to be
registered - it would be easy for those in charge to
confer and continue knighthood on those who have an
b. Also, Many have witnessed some enter the crown
tournaments who do not have the financial means or
time , etc. to fulfill the obligations required and
yet they are allowed to participate by giving their
word that they do. Some of these participants AND
OTHERS have even used their influence to get
themselves and their friends recognition (awards)
which have not been earned. Where is the HONOR AND
NOBILITY in this? And why is there not a means to both
stop and rectify these situations when they arise?

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